Thursday, April 8, 2021

Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon Society Presentation info

If anyone is interested I will be presenting next Monday for the Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon Society on the research at both Cave Knoll and Duck Creek Pass for the 2020 count season. It is approximately a 45 minute presentation with 15 minutes for questions at the end of the presentation. Here is the details on the presentation:

Hawkwatches 2020 - Cave Knoll and Duck Creek Pass

When : Mon, April 12, 7pm – 8pm (MST)
Description: Montana Audubon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: UMBA is helping sponsor a spring and fall hawk watch.  Adam Richardson is counting in the spring at Cave Knoll (near Rogers Pass) and in the fall at Duck Creek Pass.  With one full season completed find out what he has seen so far, what happened this spring at Cave Knoll and expectations for the future of these counts.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

2021 Cave Knoll Hawk Watch Spring Count has begun

The 2021 Cave Knoll Hawk Watch Spring Count is underway. There has been a steady movement of primarily Golden Eagle and a few Bald Eagles. Tomorrow I should break 100 raptors which is a good start to the season. You can get the daily flight summaries over on the blog here or click on the Cave Knoll Hawk Watch photo on the right hand side bar.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

2020 Cave Knoll Hawk Watch Raptor Migration Report

Cave Knoll Hawk Watch looking west towards the divide
Cave Knoll Hawk Watch looking west towards the divide

The 2020 Cave Knoll Hawk Watch Raptor Migration Report is completed. You may read the report here. Or head over to the Our Work page and click on the link there. I am hoping to have the 2020 Duck Creek Pass Hawk Watch Raptor Migration Report finished here shortly as well. I will make sure and upload the file and post a link on the Our Work page as well.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Duck Creek Pass Hawk Watch season opener tomorrow

Just a quick note to follow along over at the Duck Creek Pass Hawk Watch Blog to get posts about the daily flight summaries. All preparations have come together nicely just in time for a fantastic fall up at Duck Creek Pass.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Duck Creek Pass Hawk Watch Fall 2020

Montana Golden Eagle Research is gearing up for the first fall count at Duck Creek Pass Hawk Watch. Recently the final permits were secured from Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest. I am looking forward to getting on the road to Montana here shortly and getting situated up on the pass in the Big Belt Mountains.

Most of this falls fundraising has been secured already as my wife and I continue to fund 75% of the research I am conducting during spring and fall raptor migration. This is a 10-year effort at both Duck CreekPass Hawk Watch and Cave Knoll Hawk Watch, so there is plenty of time to donate to this important research. To donate head over to the How to Support page. All donations are tax deductible and will receive an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. I will post updates to each site annual fundraising status and goals.


Due to the inadequate response to the global pandemic here in the United States, our country has rapidly become the global epicenter of the virus.  Since the virus is likely here to stay and currently on the rise, I will not be encouraging visitation at the Duck Creek Pass Hawk Watch this fall. This is unfortunate as I had hoped to have other qualified observers help with spotting migrating raptors. Since I am the only observer at this site, I don’t have the ability to police visitors and their compliance with COVID 19 mitigation strategies. Two other important considerations with my desire for non-visitation this fall are wind and the dry camp nature of my site. It is still unclear how far the exhaled droplets of COVID 19 travel in windy conditions and how far the droplets travel when talking. Since my camp lacks water and sanitation my best strategy is to avoid community transmission. I am not sure what my access to the internet will be on site either, so I am unable to dedicate the time required to track the spread or decline of COVID 19. Considering all of the reasons I have just laid out above I respectfully ask that people not visit the site during this fall migration. Your best way to follow along will be on the blog and at HMANA. Thanks for your adherence to this request this fall.